Demand Leadership from the World Health Organization to Defuse the Hepatitis C Viral Time Bomb
Sign a Petition to Demand Leadership from the World Health Organization to
Defuse the Hepatitis C Viral Time Bomb
This petition is available in English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and French at www.hepCoalition.org
Globally, approximately 185 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Each year, 3-4 million people are newly infected, and 350,000 people die from HCV-related complications.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called hepatitis C a "viral time bomb," yet have done little to significantly address this global health crisis.
The WHO must act to increase global access to HCV diagnostics and treatment, by:
- Speaking out frequently on the need for rights-based harm reduction;
- Actively supporting the application to put pegylated interferon on the WHO Essential Medicines List;
- Providing technical support to countries to create access to affordable, high-quality, effective and safe biosimilar and alternative pegylated interferon products; and
- Creating clear guidance on HCV screening and testing that explicitly recommends screening for people living with HIV, in whom HCV progresses rapidly, and among people who inject drugs.
You, Director General Chan, must not fail your mandate.
We, people living with HCV and our advocates, implore you to demonstrate true leadership through the mobilization of political will and the necessary resources to combat the global HCV epidemic.
Find more at www.hepCoalition.org and sign the petition in advance of the World Hepatitis Day, July 28. We will be bringing this message to the WHO.
Every voice counts.
Médecins du Monde
INPUD (International Network of People who Use Drugs)
TAG (Treatment Action Group)